Tomato fact sheet

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Tomato fact sheet

  1. 1. Diet and CancerTOMATOES and Cancer Why should I be concerned about cancer? Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US. It kills 1 out of every 4 Americans each year. How is diet related to cancer? Diet may be linked to as much as one-third of all cancer cases in the US. Recent research has shown that components of plant foods called phytochemicals may decrease cancer risk. FAST FACTS... What are phytochemicals? The scientific term for tomato is “Phyto” comes from the Greek word for plant. “lycopersicon,” meaning “wolf peach”. Phytochemicals are natural parts of plants that may help prevent chronic diseases like cancer. There are more than 10,000 varieties of the tomato! How do tomato foods decrease cancer risk? Tomatoes are red because they contain lycopene, a The tomato is a cousin of the eggplant, phytochemical that may reduce the risk of prostate potato, and red pepper. cancer. Tomato paste is the richest source of lycopene Never refrigerate fresh tomatoes because because pasting releases lycopene. You absorb cold temperatures reduce taste! lycopene better if you cook your tomato foods with oil. 68% of chefs use canned tomatoes for quality, convenience, and consistency.TOMATOES in YOUR diet...Include several servings of tomato foods per week. Oneserving is 1/2 cup of canned tomatoes, tomato sauce,pizza sauce, or tomato soup and 3/4 cup of tomato juice. Tomato Foods Vitamin C mg/ serving* Tomato, fresh, cooked, 27 1/2 cup Prepared by J. Lynne Brown, Ph.D., R. D. Tomato, canned, 1/2 cup 19 Associate Professor Food Science Tomato soup, 1/2 cup 18 Layout and Design by Dave Varley c The Pennsylvania State University 2004 Tomato sauce, 1/2 cup 16 Pizza sauce, 1/2 cup 12 College of Agricultural Sciences *Average milligrams per 1/2 cup tomato food Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension

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